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The Institute (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Mystery | 11 October 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

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Spencer McCall

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Credited cast:
Arye Bender Arye Bender ... Octavio Coleman Esq
Boston Blake Boston Blake ... Dr. Eldridge Spearmint
Jeff Hull Jeff Hull ... Creator
Chelsea London Lloyd ... Beth Foley
Gordon Mclachlan Gordon Mclachlan ... Drybones
Tracy Pfau ... Jejune Operator
Daniel Shoup Daniel Shoup ... Kelvin Williams
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler Carolee Gilligan Wheeler ... Ex-Inductee
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Feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game, where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for. Told from the players' perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where the real world and fiction narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Written by Spencer McCall

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Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Институт See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Aha, I get it...
7 November 2013 | by light-rockSee all my reviews

NOT !

I have no idea what I just saw exactly, but I was glued to the screen the whole time. Should there be some definitive resolution to art? This was a unique viewing experience. I give it a high score. Why? No idea, but that seems like the right thing to do for some reason. Maybe somebody else will get it and then explain what in heck just happened.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of stuff to wrack your brain on. Human psychology, belief, art, what kind of life are we living, would I participate in such a thing? Is modern society missing something like this? Should we ask for more? What kinds of "stone soup" have we created in the past, and is that a bad thing to do or a good thing...

Too many chefs... at least bring ingredients !


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